The wine making team at Old Mission was delighted to receive this letter announcing the results of one of the oldest wine competitions in the United States. “It’s always a great honor to have our wines compete in the international competitions and have them win these accolades,” notes Head Winemaker Lee Lutes.
The International Eastern Wine Competition (IEWC) is one of the oldest and largest professional wine competitions in the United States. Judges were comprised of the most experienced and unique pool of wine industry professionals. For over 30 years, they have recognized the best wines produced in the U.S. and Canada.
Wines were judged from a field of over 1037 entries. Judges awarded a total of 15 Double Gold medals, 104 Gold medals, 298 Silver medals, 308 Bronze medals and 35 Best of Class. There was also an overall Best of Show, a Best of Show Fruit Wine, Best of Show Red, Best of Show White, Best of Show Sparkling Wine and a Best of Show Rosé.
One of the Double Golds was awarded to the 2011 Arcturos Dry Riesling; two of the Golds to the 2011 Arcturos Riesling and the 2011 Arcturos Late Harvest Riesling (also won Best of Class). In addition the 2011 Arcturos Sur Lie Chardonnay was awarded a Bronze.